Beware fake tax rebate offers
HMRC continues to warn of the ever-present problem of fraudulent phishing emails, suspicious phone calls and texts. These unwanted emails, phone calls and texts are being sent from around the world as HMRC and other agencies continue to combat the problem.
These messages aim to obtain taxpayers personal and or financial information such as passwords, credit card or bank account details. The phishing emails and texts often include a link to a bogus website encouraging the recipient to enter ... read more
Cost of living final payment 2023-24
The Cost of Living support package has been designed to help over 8 million households in receipt of means tested benefits. The details of Cost of Living Payments due in the 2023-24 tax year were published in 2023 and have recently been updated with details of the final payment.
Eligible recipients will receive up to 3 Cost of Living Payments of £301, £300 and £299 during the course of the current tax-year. This includes those receiving pension credit and these payments will be made separately ... read more
Are you self-employed?
Self-employed taxpayers should notify HMRC as soon as practicable when they begin working for themselves. HMRC must be officially notified by 5 October following the end of the tax year so that a self-assessment return can be issued on time and to avoid any unnecessary penalties.
HMRC’s guidance says that you are probably self-employed if you:
run your business for yourself and take responsibility for its success or failure;
have several customers at the same time;
can decide how, where ... read more
Types of limited companies
A limited company is a company ‘limited by shares’ or ‘limited by guarantee’.
Limited by shares
This is the most common limited company structure. A limited by shares company is a separate legal entity owned by its shareholders and managed by its directors. In smaller limited companies, shareholders and directors are the same persons. Directors are employed by their company; they are not self-employed. Limited companies are required to pay Corporation Tax on their profits, not Income Tax. ... read more
Entitlement to Business asset disposal relief
Business Asset Disposal Relief (BADR) applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. Where this relief is available sellers can benefit from a 10% tax charge on exit from their business if BADR is available. When the relief is available Capital Gains Tax (CGT) of 10% is payable in place of the standard rate.
There are a number of qualifying conditions that must be met in order to qualify for the relief. This includes that ... read more
Letting part of your home
In general, there is no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on a property which has been used as the family's main residence. This relief from CGT is commonly known as Private Residence Relief or PRR. However, where part of the home has been let out the entitlement to relief may be affected. Homeowners that let out part of their house may not benefit from the full PRR but can benefit from letting relief. Since April 2020, letting relief has been restricted to homeowners who live in their property and partly ... read more
Most small business owners are happy, from a financial point of view, if sales are in line with expectations. And there are obvious grounds for this conclusion, after all, if sales dry up there are no funds feeding into cashflow.
Unfortunately, top-line sales are just one aspect of a business that measure bottom-line profitability.
To keep an eye on profitability traders must also monitor costs, and to monitor costs effectively businesses need to create a forecast or budget of future costs and ... read more
Importing or exporting for the first time?
If you are considering selling or buying to or from companies based outside the UK, you may well be overawed by the plethora of regulation you are required to be familiar.
As a first step, you could make use of the GOV.UK website and access HMRC’s “digital assistant”. You could use this to find out about:
getting an EORI number
importing your personal belongings
looking up commodity codes, duty and VAT rates
trading with Northern Ireland
Take a look at this support page: ... read more
A reminder that NLW and NMW rates are increasing
A reminder for our readers that the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will increase with effect from 1 April 2024.
The increase will see the NLW rate increased to £11.44 per hour, an increase of over £1 over the current rate of £10.42. This means the annual earnings of a full-time worker on the NLW will see an increase of up to £1,800 next year.
It was also confirmed, as part of the Autumn Statement announcements, that for the first time, eligibility for the ... read more
Checking Furnished Holiday Let property occupancy
The furnished holiday let (FHL) rules allow holiday lettings of properties that meet certain conditions to be treated as a trade for tax purposes.
In order to qualify as a furnished holiday letting, the following criteria need to be met:
The property must be let on a commercial basis with a view to the realisation of profits. Second homes or properties that are only let occasionally or to family and friends do not qualify.
The property must be located in the UK, or in a country within the ... read more